Accredo Health Group, a unit of Express Scripts Holding Co., agreed to pay $60 million to settle False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute charges that the company participated in a kickback scheme with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. involving the prescription drug Exjade. According to the government, Novartis provided kickbacks, in the form of patient referrals and related benefits, to Accredo in exchange for Accredo recommending refills to Exjade patients. The government also intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Novartis for the same alleged scheme. The government claims defendants allegedly understated the serious and potentially life-threatening side effects of Exjade when promoting the drug’s benefits to patients. FBI
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